Drywalling Garage Walls
LESLIE: Lou enjoys Free FM out in Maryland, listening on WJFK. And you’ve got a question about a car garage. What can we do for you?
LOU: Hi, guys. The question I have was I’ve got a second garage; it’s a detached garage.
TOM: A second?
LESLIE: A second garage?
LOU: I’m sorry?
LESLIE: You have two garages?
LOU: Yeah, we got lucky. (laughing)
LOU: Yeah. So I’ve got one that’s my shop.
TOM: We love shops. I have a second garage that’s a shop, too. That’s a great thing to have.
LOU: I’ll tell you what. So I … the guy that we bought it from used to use it to do car maintenance and stuff; but I’m a woodworker so I – and a home improvement kind of guy – so I … I’m just trying to … I spend a lot of time out there. But obviously, in the winter time, outside of Maryland … outside of Baltimore, it gets chilly.
LESLIE: It’s pretty cold.
LOU: So what my question really is – I’m working on insulating it and I’d, ultimately, like to drywall the walls and dress it up real nice. But do I need to put a moisture barrier in between the insulation and the drywall?
TOM: Well, first … my first question is what kind of heating system are you going to put in there?
LOU: Probably one of those propane blower deals you hang on the ceiling?
TOM: Well, is it going to be vented, I hope?
TOM: Okay, so …
LESLIE: Okay, because you can’t operate those propane ones …
TOM: Yeah. (laughing)
LESLIE: … in not a ventilated area.
TOM: Yeah. Let’s tell you how to seal … let’s show you how to seal yourself in that garage and then you can put in the propane system (inaudible), you know?
LESLIE: (laughing) Terrible.
TOM: That would be bad. Yes. What you should do is, first of all, insulate the walls. Then you can put a vapor barrier over the studs and then you could put drywall up. But we have a better suggestion, for you, than drywall for this situation.
LESLIE: Oh, you’re thinking about pegboard or slab board, aren’t you?
TOM: No, actually I was thinking about Dens board.
LESLIE: Oh! So you’re still on the drywall front. Yeah, especially in a moisture situation …
TOM: Right, exactly.
LESLIE: … like the garage, where you’re so close to the exterior walls and you’re sort of exposed. Georgia-Pacific has a great product called Dens Armor Plus. And it’s a drywall but instead of it being a paper-faced board, it’s faced with like a fiberglass board. So you’re getting rid of all sorts of a food source and a natural source for mold growth. So it really withstands to moisture and will keep you safe and healthy. And the cost really is only about less than one cent more from a new construction builder when you’re putting up drywall.
TOM: I think …
LESLIE: So it makes sense.
TOM: Yeah, and I think there’s another added benefit to this, being a woodworker myself. It’s a lot tougher.
LOU: Yes. You don’t bang into it.
TOM: Yeah, you don’t bang into it. Yeah, it’s cool stuff. And it’s really not that much more expensive.
LOU: What … what is it called again?
TOM: Dens Armor Plus. It’s made by Georgia-Pacific. You can get it at lumber yards and home improvement retailers.
LOU: Okay, I’ll look for that.
LESLIE: Yeah, they’re carrying it now.
TOM: Yeah, it’s pretty tough stuff.
LESLIE: And it finishes the same way. If you wanted to paint it, you could paint it. If you wanted to put a wall covering on it – if it was an interior installation – you could do that. So it really … it looks great; it finishes the same way. It’s just better … it’s a better product.
LOU: And you’re using the same kind of tape and joint compound, spackle, that sort of thing?
TOM: (overlapping) Exactly. Exactly.
LOU: Oh, okay. And it comes in the various sizes like drywall does?
TOM: Yes, it does.
LOU: Four by tens and so forth (audio gap)?
LOU: Alright, cool. I’ll check it out.
TOM: Alright, Lou. Well, thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-MONEY-PIT end_of_the_skype_highlighting.